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Chaotic42
10-23-2004, 04:09 PM
My toe-nail had calmed down after my first doctor's visit. Then I was antagonizing a girl in class and she kicked my foot, nailing my poor toenail.

Now it's purple. I'm going to need to get it removed, as it hurts pretty badly. What should I expect to pay for that? I want to make sure I don't get ripped off when I go to the doctor.

bootymac
10-23-2004, 04:10 PM
Then I was antagonizing a girl in class

Story + pics?

moshquerade
10-23-2004, 04:11 PM
go to a podiatrist

Evadman
10-23-2004, 04:13 PM
Just get a pair of pliers ya panzy. Then remove ur own teeth.

Yzzim
10-23-2004, 04:13 PM
I went to the doctor once to get my ingrown toenail removed. Had the ingrown toenail for about 6-8 months before one of my classmates jumped on it in football and just about killed me. All I had to do was go to my local clinic and he did it right there. He numbed it with novocaine and just took a scissors and cut the ingrown part of the toenail off. Felt pretty weird for a while but I haven't had an ingrown toenail since (been about 5 years now).

Think it took him 15-20 minutes total.

Not sure on an exact price, just thought I'd let you know what he'd probably do.

ElFenix
10-23-2004, 04:14 PM
pint of whisky + some friends with pliers = free

Chaotic42
10-23-2004, 04:19 PM
Originally posted by: ElFenix
pint of whisky + some friends with pliers = free

I've tried it. I've probably removed 20 of my own ingrown toenails. This one is a spur that has curled around my toe. I just can't get a grip on it to remove it.

Yzzim
10-23-2004, 04:22 PM
Originally posted by: Chaotic42

Originally posted by: ElFenix
pint of whisky + some friends with pliers = free

I've tried it. I've probably removed 20 of my own ingrown toenails. This one is a spur that has curled around my toe. I just can't get a grip on it to remove it.


Have you tried cutting it with a scissors? That's all they're going to do at the clinic. Granted, they have novocaine, but think of all the $$ you'll be saving ;)

Chaotic42
10-23-2004, 04:28 PM
Originally posted by: Yzzim

Originally posted by: Chaotic42

Originally posted by: ElFenix
pint of whisky + some friends with pliers = free

I've tried it. I've probably removed 20 of my own ingrown toenails. This one is a spur that has curled around my toe. I just can't get a grip on it to remove it.


Have you tried cutting it with a scissors? That's all they're going to do at the clinic. Granted, they have novocaine, but think of all the $$ you'll be saving ;)

Well, I tried those little cutilcle scissors. The thing is that the toe is really small and my hands aren't steady at all.

They said it would be around $300 or $350.

Gobadgrs
10-23-2004, 04:30 PM
what exactly is an ingrown toenail?

Evadman
10-23-2004, 04:32 PM
Originally posted by: Gobadgrs
what exactly is an ingrown toenail?

A toenail that is Ingrown. Duh!

Glitchny
10-23-2004, 04:32 PM
Originally posted by: Gobadgrs
what exactly is an ingrown toenail?

when the toenail grows into the surrounding skin on the sides of the nail. Gets infected, and purple and hurts like a B!tch when something hits it

Viper GTS
10-23-2004, 04:33 PM
Originally posted by: Gobadgrs
what exactly is an ingrown toenail?

A toenail that is growing into the flesh. Quite painful & frequently gets infected.

If you've had 20 ingrown toenails you seriously need to consider getting surgery to kill the nailbed on the extreme left & right of your toes. There's no reason to deal with that.

Viper GTS

Megatomic
10-23-2004, 04:37 PM
It's no more expensive than the cost of your specialist copay. :)

Which for me is $15. The next time my right toe gets ingrown like that I'm going in. My left toe hasn't given me a problem since the podiatrist fixed it back in '96.

ActuaryTm
10-23-2004, 04:37 PM
Originally posted by: bootymac
Story + pics?More than one could ever want here. (http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=38&threadid=1383745)

Chaotic42
10-23-2004, 04:38 PM
Originally posted by: Gobadgrs
what exactly is an ingrown toenail?

The little white line is about where mine is. (http://pics.bbzzdd.com/users/chaotic42/foot_ingrown_toenail_causes01.jpg)

Chaotic42
10-23-2004, 04:40 PM
Originally posted by: ActuaryTm

Originally posted by: bootymac
Story + pics?More than one could ever want here. (http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=38&threadid=1383745)

Hey, it's the same toe.

That little bastard.

Chaotic42
10-23-2004, 04:47 PM
Originally posted by: Megatomic
It's no more expensive than the cost of your specialist copay. :)

Which for me is $15. The next time my right toe gets ingrown like that I'm going in. My left toe hasn't given me a problem since the podiatrist fixed it back in '96.

I have no insurance.

I'm getting it in January, but I don't want to wait that long. Walking hurts.

Megatomic
10-23-2004, 04:56 PM
I know how you feel man. I "didn't have time" to go see the doc when I had the worst ingrown nail ever for me. I suffered for a week and my toe was on the verge of serious infection. Finally my wife forced me to go, my PCP sent me over to the podiatrist the same day.

And I also know how it feels to have no insurance. My wife had to have a full hysterectomy while we were uninsured. She had it done back in Apr. 2001, we just got done paying off the last of those bills earlier this year. Get your insurance ASAP, your next medical problem might not be as inocuous as an ingrown nail.

Mo0o
10-23-2004, 04:58 PM
Sue that bitch for all shes worth. but seriously just go see a doc.

Chaotic42
10-23-2004, 05:01 PM
Originally posted by: Megatomic
I know how you feel man. I "didn't have time" to go see the doc when I had the worst ingrown nail ever for me. I suffered for a week and my toe was on the verge of serious infection. Finally my wife forced me to go, my PCP sent me over to the podiatrist the same day.

And I also know how it feels to have no insurance. My wife had to have a full hysterectomy while we were uninsured. She had it done back in Apr. 2001, we just got done paying off the last of those bills earlier this year. Get your insurance ASAP, your next medical problem might not be as inocuous as an ingrown nail.

It got infected about a month ago. It's been a painful month. :D

oogabooga
10-23-2004, 05:07 PM
it costs me 15 bucks, yay specialist copay! woohoooo.
I fixed it myself the first time, but noting quite like letting my podiatrist do it, he does a way better job..

Colt45
10-23-2004, 05:09 PM
costs nothing here.

If i was in the US i would either consume a fifth of whisky, or steal some procaine from a dentistor pharmacy.

upsciLLion
10-23-2004, 05:14 PM
Originally posted by: Colt45
costs nothing here.

If i was in the US i would either consume a fifth of whisky, or steal some procaine from a dentistor pharmacy.

I'm sure the amount of taxes you pay says differently.

glugglug
10-23-2004, 05:46 PM
The novacaine hurts more than the removal w/o -- kind of defeats the purpose.

Go for the "do-it-yourself" surgery. ;)

FoBoT
10-23-2004, 05:48 PM
i will do it for $1

ActuaryTm
10-23-2004, 05:55 PM
Originally posted by: FoBoT
i will do it for $1"Hi, Doctor Nick."

acemcmac
10-23-2004, 06:38 PM
If you have health insurance, they can count it as surgery instead of the lower grade treatment it really is and get all fees and copays waived. I've had it, and more complicated open foot variants of it done at least a dozen times :)

Chaotic42
10-23-2004, 06:51 PM
Originally posted by: acemcmac
If you have health insurance, they can count it as surgery instead of the lower grade treatment it really is and get all fees and copays waived. I've had it, and more complicated open foot variants of it done at least a dozen times :)

I've tried it myself and I don't have insurance yet.

spidey07
10-23-2004, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by: Chaotic42
My toe-nail had calmed down after my first doctor's visit. Then I was antagonizing a girl in class and she kicked my foot, nailing my poor toenail.

Now it's purple. I'm going to need to get it removed, as it hurts pretty badly. What should I expect to pay for that? I want to make sure I don't get ripped off when I go to the doctor.

if you have decent insurance only your co-pay - 10-20 bucks is what you should pay.

-edit- and if you get them frequently go to a pediatrist. He'll burn away the toenail roots at the side of the nail bed preventing you from EVER having these horrid things again.

<---has them frequently and it sucks. Ped doc take care of them.

jjsole
10-23-2004, 06:57 PM
When all else fails... (http://www.dremel.com/html/home_fr.html) :)

Chaotic42
10-23-2004, 06:58 PM
Originally posted by: spidey07

Originally posted by: Chaotic42
My toe-nail had calmed down after my first doctor's visit. Then I was antagonizing a girl in class and she kicked my foot, nailing my poor toenail.

Now it's purple. I'm going to need to get it removed, as it hurts pretty badly. What should I expect to pay for that? I want to make sure I don't get ripped off when I go to the doctor.

if you have decent insurance only your co-pay - 10-20 bucks is what you should pay.

-edit- and if you get them frequently go to a pediatrist. He'll burn away the toenail roots at the side of the nail bed preventing you from EVER having these horrid things again.

<---has them frequently and it sucks. Ped doc take care of them.

When my insurance kicks in, I'm there. My supervisor had the same problem that I do.

ctcsoft
10-23-2004, 07:01 PM
I had one REALLY bad one time and I didn't have insurance at the time since I was in between jobs. It was really bad and pussy and painful so I had to get it fixed.

The doctor charged me $800!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Actually he first charged me $1300 but we ended up agreeing on $800 but still!!!!!!!

He numbed it and cut it out down the side. Then he injected this chemical which keeps the nail from growing back in that spot. It wasn't too painful until after the numbness wore off but even then it only hurt a little bit to walk around.


If it wasn't so bad and I could've put it off then I would have but it was seriously some of the worst pain I've had..

spidey07
10-23-2004, 07:11 PM
Originally posted by: Chaotic42

Originally posted by: spidey07

Originally posted by: Chaotic42
My toe-nail had calmed down after my first doctor's visit. Then I was antagonizing a girl in class and she kicked my foot, nailing my poor toenail.

Now it's purple. I'm going to need to get it removed, as it hurts pretty badly. What should I expect to pay for that? I want to make sure I don't get ripped off when I go to the doctor.

if you have decent insurance only your co-pay - 10-20 bucks is what you should pay.

-edit- and if you get them frequently go to a pediatrist. He'll burn away the toenail roots at the side of the nail bed preventing you from EVER having these horrid things again.

<---has them frequently and it sucks. Ped doc take care of them.

When my insurance kicks in, I'm there. My supervisor had the same problem that I do.

Just be careful about messing with them yourself. The can get VERY infected.

I once had my big toenail needed to be removed because I worked on an ingrown toenail - got infected.

puss, pain, antibiotics and couldn't walk for a week.

gnarly.

wedi42
10-23-2004, 07:13 PM
i had insurance to get mine removed, but i did look at the bill. i think the total came to $95.

KingNothing
10-23-2004, 07:14 PM
+1 for burning away the roots so it never happens again. Definitely worth it.

CyraKrin
10-23-2004, 07:22 PM
I cut the skin on my big toe all the way from the groove to the top of the toe (along the line the nail folds down and into your skin on the sides) and let it grow out and around it.. man.. it was atleast 3cm digging into the front of my toe.. it just *popped* out as soon as I made the cut.. I dont recommend it.. but it could help out..

sharkeeper
10-23-2004, 07:24 PM
It was really bad and pussy and painful so I had to get it fixed.

:Q

I had one like that and let it go until one day after getting seawater in it, it swelled to the point where I could not walk.

I went to the E-room and the nurse practically passed out. They took radiographs and referred me to an orthopedic surgeon. The great toe bone was severely infected with osteomyelitis and they told me that I could lose the toe!

Luckily I only lost a few mm of the bone. They had to split the top of the great toe and saw out the infected bone. It was sore for a few weeks, the nailbed was completely removed and the toe looks funny but at least I didn't lose the toe and don't have to worry about it affecting my gait.

Moral of the story: get it taken care of before it takes care of you! :P

Cheers!

ucjffj
10-23-2004, 07:28 PM
Originally posted by: Megatomic
I know how you feel man. I "didn't have time" to go see the doc when I had the worst ingrown nail ever for me. I suffered for a week and my toe was on the verge of serious infection. Finally my wife forced me to go, my PCP sent me over to the podiatrist the same day.

And I also know how it feels to have no insurance. My wife had to have a full hysterectomy while we were uninsured. She had it done back in Apr. 2001, we just got done paying off the last of those bills earlier this year. Get your insurance ASAP, your next medical problem might not be as inocuous as an ingrown nail.

wow, out of pocket. how much did it end up costing?

Slacker
10-23-2004, 07:34 PM
Originally posted by: sharkeeper

It was really bad and pussy and painful so I had to get it fixed.

:Q

I had one like that and let it go until one day after getting seawater in it, it swelled to the point where I could not walk.

I went to the E-room and the nurse practically passed out. They took radiographs and referred me to an orthopedic surgeon. The great toe bone was severely infected with osteomyelitis and they told me that I could lose the toe!

Luckily I only lost a few mm of the bone. They had to split the top of the great toe and saw out the infected bone. It was sore for a few weeks, the nailbed was completely removed and the toe looks funny but at least I didn't lose the toe and don't have to worry about it affecting my gait.

Moral of the story: Own it before it OWNZ you! :P

Cheers!fixed.

Falloutboy
10-23-2004, 07:54 PM
dude if you don't have insurnace just do it your self its not a big deal. take some small sisors (forget what thier called. and just cut it yes it may hurt like a bitch to do it but I rather it hurt than be stuck with a 200+ dollar bill. worse case senerio it gets infected and you need to get some penecillen (which is cheap)

spidey07
10-23-2004, 07:58 PM
Originally posted by: Falloutboy
dude if you don't have insurnace just do it your self its not a big deal. take some small sisors (forget what thier called. and just cut it yes it may hurt like a bitch to do it but I rather it hurt than be stuck with a 200+ dollar bill. worse case senerio it gets infected and you need to get some penecillen (which is cheap)

you don know people have died from ingrown toenails right? Funky stuff down there, gets into the blood stream and you die of massive infection.

Falloutboy
10-23-2004, 09:27 PM
Originally posted by: spidey07

Originally posted by: Falloutboy
dude if you don't have insurnace just do it your self its not a big deal. take some small sisors (forget what thier called. and just cut it yes it may hurt like a bitch to do it but I rather it hurt than be stuck with a 200+ dollar bill. worse case senerio it gets infected and you need to get some penecillen (which is cheap)

you don know people have died from ingrown toenails right? Funky stuff down there, gets into the blood stream and you die of massive infection.



true but what does a doc do besides num it that any different. I mean as long as you sterilze the sisors you should be fine and soak in hydrogen peroxide till its healed. I did this the first 3 times my big toes in grew but since it kept reocuring I ended up having to go in to have the buds on the sides killed, which took two times to get them to stop growing. thankfully I had insurance at the time but if I didn't I would of continued fixing it myself until I did have insurance

Chaotic42
10-23-2004, 11:04 PM
Originally posted by: Falloutboy
true but what does a doc do besides num it that any different. I mean as long as you sterilze the sisors you should be fine and soak in hydrogen peroxide till its healed. I did this the first 3 times my big toes in grew but since it kept reocuring I ended up having to go in to have the buds on the sides killed, which took two times to get them to stop growing. thankfully I had insurance at the time but if I didn't I would of continued fixing it myself until I did have insuranceLike I said, I've tried that. This is a more advanced nail problem that's beyond my skill level.

KaOTiK
10-23-2004, 11:29 PM
Seriously get this taken care of quickly. My mother works for a podiatrist (shes his assistant and Xray tech) and you would be suprised how many times theve had to amputate(sp?) someones toe cause the infection got to the bone and it can life threating.

Ive had a few done, 2 by docs, 2 by myself. Best do it yourself way is to use small scissors cut the edge off that is causing the pain and use tweezers to yank it out and dig inside the wound to make sure no fragments of nail is left behind. Just use a mouth peice or towel to bit down on, its not too bad once your in there doing it.

Kao

waggy
10-23-2004, 11:39 PM
i HATE ingrown toenails. I get them all the times on my little toe.

though my little toes are messed up. both of them have 2 toenails (could be one. but its split down themiddle and grows funny). i also get ingrown toenails every 6 months or so. I just yank it out and clean it. after all the times i have had it done it does not hurt when i pull it out.

thomsbrain
10-23-2004, 11:44 PM
8/10

Chaotic42
10-24-2004, 11:45 AM
Guess what I only have 9 of?

Toenails!

$370
Oxycodone
No driving

No :beer:

ArmchairAthlete
10-24-2004, 12:03 PM
Originally posted by: Gobadgrs
what exactly is an ingrown toenail?

Boy did I wish I knew before I got one...

This is something they should teach in health class to kids. They learn about STDs, but not something they could actually get in the near future.

I cut a nail on one of my big toes incorrectly with a knife and this happened. You have to trim straight across. It got infected and I didn't know wtf it was, but eventually my mom saw it.

Triforceofcourage
10-24-2004, 12:23 PM
I don't know about the rest of you guys but taking medical advice on a tech message board might not be the best idea.

Chaotic42
10-24-2004, 12:28 PM
Originally posted by: Triforceofcourage
I don't know about the rest of you guys but taking medical advice on a tech message board might not be the best idea.

Well, I was just asking the cost. I wanted to make sure that it wasn't going to be like $5000 or something.

The nail is gone now, though. He said that it was very badly ingrown. I got to see the nail, and it was sticking out badly.

iliopsoas
10-24-2004, 12:36 PM
ingrown toenails can be removed by your family doctor. they'll apply a tourniquet. inject local anesthetic. cut the nail down and remove the entire thing. can also kill the nail bed to prevent toenail growth permanently.

i don't know how much it costs but you have to schedule this particular procedure as it will take probably 30 minutes.

Chaotic42
10-24-2004, 12:38 PM
Originally posted by: iliopsoas
ingrown toenails can be removed by your family doctor. they'll apply a tourniquet. inject local anesthetic. cut the nail down and remove the entire thing. can also kill the nail bed to prevent toenail growth permanently.

i don't know how much it costs but you have to schedule this particular procedure as it will take probably 30 minutes.

The whole process took about 90 minutes.

The actual work? About 10 seconds.

Triforceofcourage
10-24-2004, 03:06 PM
Its amazing how much these doctors get paid for less than an hours work.

spidey07
10-24-2004, 06:22 PM
Originally posted by: Chaotic42

Originally posted by: iliopsoas
ingrown toenails can be removed by your family doctor. they'll apply a tourniquet. inject local anesthetic. cut the nail down and remove the entire thing. can also kill the nail bed to prevent toenail growth permanently.

i don't know how much it costs but you have to schedule this particular procedure as it will take probably 30 minutes.

The whole process took about 90 minutes.

The actual work? About 10 seconds.

he took the whole nail????

I sure hope it was a pediatrist, because a regular doctor totally screwed up my toe by just removing the nail.

Fmr12B
10-24-2004, 06:31 PM
Your school, University should have a health clinic. I did not have Medical Insurance while in school and they helped me out with $5 or $10-copays and had Dr's on site.

one time a young female Dr. in training looked at my wang:D